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When I'm not performing my duties as a mother, wife, trainer, taxi-driver, tutor, or chef, I read. I have a foul mouth (which I try to filter--but most of the time, fail), and I love to write. 

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2013 Reading Challenge
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Collide (Collide, #1) - Gail McHugh “Fate and the roads that get placed in front of us. It’s like one huge puzzle that ultimately fits in the end.”

When this book started out, I had a horrible feeling. A feeling of dread when it comes to her relationship with Dillon. He’s the classic “good guy”; stepping in when Emily’s world comes crashing down around her. He takes care of her…and doesn’t let her for one minute forget all he has done. This of course should be huge RED flag but with Emily being in the fragile state she’s in, Dillon has swooped in and taken full advantage. To say I saw right through him from the very beginning was an understatement; everything Olivia nicknamed him kept me smiling because she is completely spot on! If only we all could have friends like that.

Emily has settled into her new life in New York, finding a job at a great restaurant in Manhattan and making new friends who despite appearances turn out to be pretty awesome. What Emily didn’t see coming was the raven-haired, blue-eyed, beautiful man that stole her breath from the first moment she laid eyes on him…Gavin Blake. How about we make this a little more complicated; he also happens to be good friends with two very important people in Emily’s life. Of course, upon meeting him she doesn’t know this and does what any girl in her situation would do (okay maybe not ANY girl)…

“Olivia told her stories of Dillon’s rich friend, Gavin, being a ladies’ man. She also warned Emily that once she met him, it would take everything in her not to rip off her shirt and watch the buttons scatter on the floor, along with every sexual inhibition following behind them.”

Fake names, plenty of innuendo,inside jokes and games, along with a few little white lies later; Emily succumbs to all that is Gavin Blake. Drawn to him in the most primal way, Emily and Gavin start down a path just doomed from the start…Dillon will never let her go, and with the mental hold he has on Emily, she just may never leave either.

“Damn it, Emily. I want us! You belong with me, not him.” He half snarled the declaration. “Every part of you was made for me. Your lips were made to kiss mine, your eyes were made to wake up to me looking at you in my bed every morning, and your fucking tongue was made to roll my name off of it. I am more certain of us than I’m certain that I require oxygen to breathe.”

I cried at the end of this book. Not because of what happened but because I finally saw the strength in Emily I had waited to see the entire book. I love Emily, she had to learn some very hard lessons on the coattails of a very difficult past. I am thankful to the author for putting this kind of story out there; one of growth and strength in a situation that so many women are afraid to face or walk away from…Emily did it. *claps hands*

**4 Leaving You Today Stars**